Compassion unfolds in response to suffering, beginning with our recognition of it, then conjuring change to elicit empathy and concern. This, in turn, motivates us to take action, and help relieve that suffering.
Expanding beyond mindfulness, compassion arises both on the personal level of our individual relationships and on the global level of cultures and nations interacting with one another. His Holiness the Dalai Lama has said that the problems of the world – social, economic, environmental, and so on – are best understood and viewed through the lens of compassion. With compassion, our empathy for the suffering of others can give rise to altruism – bringing immediate and long-term happiness and tranquility to our lives.
Humans have a natural capacity for compassion. However, everyday stress, social pressures, and life experiences can suppress it –potentially resulting in physical and psychological problems. The good news is that we can train ourselves to nurture others while developing our compassionate instinct. This process requires patience, steady care, proper tools, and a supportive environment.
Compassion training extends beyond helping one feel more empathy and concern for others. It includes the development of:
The strength to be present with suffering
The courage to take compassionate action
- The resilience to prevent compassion fatigue
Who We Encourage to Attend
Compassion Cultivation Training is designed to support anyone who wants to cultivate compassion for themselves and for others.
- Parents and caregivers
- Healthcare professionals and therapists
- Executives and managers
- Public service leaders and employees
- Individuals seeking to increase awareness and mindfulness
People working in a wide range of professions and life contexts can benefit from this program. No previous meditation experience is required, although willingness to practice daily meditation is a key component of the training.
8-Week Course in Compassion Cultivation Training
Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT) is an 8-week course designed to develop the qualities of compassion, empathy, and kindness for oneself and others. The course, developed by a team of contemplative scholars, clinical psychologists, and researchers at Stanford University, combines traditional contemplative practices with contemporary psychology and scientific research on compassion.
This Training Includes:
Mindfulness: Guided daily meditation, visualization, and breathing practices to be done at home to develop loving-kindness, empathy, and compassion
Coursework: A weekly 2-hour class that include lecture, discussion, meditation, and in-class listening and communication exercises with partners and small groups
Assignments: Real-world homework to help you practice compassionate thought and action
NOTE: We recommend that if your schedule will not allow you to attend the first session, or prevents from attending any two sessions of the course, that you consider waiting until the next offering of the program.
8-week CCT Course Fee
The course is offered for $445 ($395 if you pay in full 30 days in advance for the course).
Program Schedule and Registration
Cancellation and Transfer Policy
A refund (minus your $50 non-refundable and non-transferable deposit) will be made for cancellations in writing via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
prior to the 2nd class will. There will be no refund after the 2nd class.
In the unlikely event that the course is canceled, UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness is responsible only for a full refund of the registration fee and not for transportation, hotel accommodations or any miscellaneous expenses.
(Note: CFM requires a minimum of 10 registrants per CCT class to hold class. Classes with fewer than 10 will be cancelled with options for rescheduling into open classes.)